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Cancun Receives First Flights From Europe As Tourism Continues To Grow

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The first flights from Europe are now arriving in Cancun as demand continues to grow for the Caribbean destination.

After more than six months without a single flight from Europe, Cancun welcomed Lufthansa flight LH514 from Frankfurt, Germany with 260 passengers on board. 

Lufthansa flight LH514 from Frankfurt, Germany arrived in cancun

Lufthansa’s Director General for Mexico, Felipe Bonifatti and Cancun tourism officials welcomed Flight 514 from Frankfurt at the Cancun International Airport on Thursday, October 1st. 

Lufthansa will be flying to the sun soaked destination of Cancun twice weekly from Frankfurt and adding a third flight before the end of October. 

White sand beaches of Cancun, Mexico

“Returning to Cancun is a great step for Lufthansa Group as well as for the world-class tourist destination that is Quintana Roo. The demand for vacation travel is increasing and we are proud to be the first European airline to return to the Mexican Caribbean. Our commitment to Mexico and its people is clear and firm. Thank you Quintana Roo for welcoming us once more”

Lufthansa’s Director General for Mexico – Felipe Bonifatti 

Aerial view of Cancun beach and resorts

On October 3rd, another German airlines, Edelweiss arrived at the Cancun International Airport from Zurich. 

Cancun Continues To See Strong Tourism Growth

They say being first has its perks. When it comes to Cancun, that couldn't be more true. Cancun was the very first destination to reopen for tourism to the world back on June 8th, 2020. 

In its first month alone, Cancun International Airport received over 70,000 tourists. While Cancun was originally restricted to only 30% capacity at its hotels, it recently announced that it was moving to the second phase of reopening which would allow for a 60% occupancy rate. 

mexico beach and resort tower

Since reopening, Cancun has become one of the top tourism destinations during the COVID-19 pandemic. In August alone, the tropical destination reached almost 300,000 international arrivals.

In additional 522,000 domestic passengers were registered at the airport in August bringing the grand total of passengers to 819,365 for the month. 

Travelers arrive at the international airport in Cancun wearing masks

Two more European airlines are scheduled to arrive in Cancun in the month of October. 

AirFrance says that it will resume its Paris to Cancun route in with three flights per week, then in November with five flights per week followed by daily flights in December. 

British Airlines said they will also resume flights from London in October.

During the month of September, the Cancun airport was receiving over 200 flights per day and that number is expected to balloon as high season begins in November and December. 

With some of the easiest COVID-19 entry requirements in the world, and great connectivity continuing to increase, tourists are flocking to the tropical destination. 

Cancun is by far one of the hottest tourism destinations in the world right now and is open to everyone. 

tourist on beach after flight to cancun

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